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Curious about what is safe food and how to keep your food safe? Need to kick requlatory compliance butt? Want to learn the best industry tips and tricks? Then check out our downloadable eBooks.


Audit Management

Supply chain threats and supplier issues are part of doing business in the food, beverage, and dietary supplement industries. For many, supply chain hazards represent the single biggest safety and regulatory vulnerabilities. Trying to identify and control those risks remain an ongoing battle.


Managing Risk

Prioritizing risk at both the material and supplier level is essential for effective supply chain and safety management. However, barriers still exist that hamper accurate and complete risk assessment—namely, risk intelligence, personnel, and technology.


Supplements: A New Era of Compliance

Today the supplement industry is a growing economic powerhouse, worth as much as $194 billion by one estimate. The National Institutes of Health, which maintains the Dietary Supplement Label Database, calculates that there are about 76,000 different dietary supplements on the market right now. Even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates nutritional supplements as foods, they’re treated differently than conventional food products and drugs.


Dietary Supplements: Industry Outlook

For the dietary supplement business, bringing products to market can be inefficient at best. With both highly fragmented and specialized raw materials, identifying and then qualifying suppliers can be difficult and time consuming. The political environment – including a renewed fascination with tariffs – has thrown an additional kink in today’s supply chain, making it even more difficult to import foreign ingredients.


Dairy, The Struggle for Safer Standards

Until the Food Safety and Modernization Act became law, there was no federal law governing the dairy supply chain. Now, under FSMA, dairy producers are subject to the “focused mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration” rule. This provision mandates the implementation of FDA-regulated hazard analysis and critical control point programs. These protocols are meant to prevent hazards in the production process that can lead to contamination.


Solving the Supply Chain Data Crisis

Brokers, Distributors, and Importers face unique challenges in today's food and beverage landscape. With the rise of FSMA and the heightened focus on documentation and record-keeping, this segment of the food industry is feeling even more pressure to ensure proper documentation follows each ingredient or product each step along its journey – from the source to the customer who made the request, and every step in between.

Organic State-of-Mind

An Organic State-of-Mind

Is that organic? Is this non-GMO? These labels have become synonymous with healthy in many consumer minds and that has only fueled the steady demand for organic products across the entire food industry. This growing organic industry has left regulation and compliance bodies scrambling to catch up; resulting in organic producers, distributors, and manufacturers being left with an almost endless stream of questions and concerns.

9 Missing Pieces

9 Missing Pieces

Did you know that 15 million Americans and 17 million Europeans have documented food allergies? Furthermore, did you know that the number one reason for food recalls in the U.S. is because of undeclared allergens? And that these recalls often average a $10 million price tag?


Raising The Bar

Did you know that 15 million Americans and 17 million Europeans have documented food allergies? Furthermore, did you know that the number one reason for food recalls in the U.S. is because of undeclared allergens? And that these recalls often average a $10 million price tag?


The Food Safety Audit Handbook

When it comes to audits, there are plenty of reasons for failing, especially in the food and beverage industry. Whether it’s an audit for the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), FDA, or an audit required by any of your customers, the consequences of failing can be very costly. To help shed light on some of the reasons companies fail audits and to help prevent future failure, we’ve put together this nifty handbook to give you a food safety auditor’s insider perspective, and point out the top reasons for non-conformities with the two most popular GFSI schemes: BRC and SQF.


FSQA Cookbook

Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) professionals throughout the country, and likely worldwide, are striving for similar priorities and facing comparable challenges. And with FSMA final rulings, it’s critical that FSQA professionals create the right mix of specialized ingredients to ensure food safety and quality within their QA team and company. After all, FSQA professionals are the gatekeepers for incoming inventory, responsible for ensuring that out of spec ingredients never make it to the production floor.


Have A Strong Supplier Approval Program

For food manufacturers, the safety of finished goods is not only dependent on the ingredients themselves, but also largely dependent on the suppliers used throughout the food supply chain. Having a properly managed supplier program can help to ensure quality is met, and also helps to create great working relationships between manufacturers and suppliers.


Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Have confusion regarding some of the specifics to FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program rule? Are you the importer? What if you’re a broker? What are the actual contents of a verification program? To help answer some of these and many other lingering questions surrounding the FSVP rule, TraceGains enlisted the help of Marc Sanchez, regulatory attorney specializing in FDA and USDA law, and Shawn Stevens, a global food safety lawyer, to provide insight and break down some of the confusion with a few real-world examples.


Implementing a HACCP Plan for GFSI

HACCP is now a requirement for most food companies, and implementation of risk-based HACCP is now a fundamental requirement for all GFSI schemes. HACCP also serves as the foundation for the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventative Controls (HARPC).


Implementing a Successful GMP Program

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) ensure products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. They are considered the foundation of any food safety program as they provide the necessary environmental and operating conditions for the production of high quality and safe foods. It's essential to your food safety plan that you have a strong GMP program in place.


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